Best Techniques To Reduce Employee Turnover In 2017

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Employee Turnover

High employee turnover is generally considered bad for any organization. This can lead to low- quality performance and unmet goals in the workplace. As there is no certainty that all company roles will be filled daily, businesses are compelled to hire and train new employees constantly.

A common downside of employee turnover is high costs. It’s more costly to lose workers and hire new ones than retain older employees, according to Chron.com. If your brand has been experiencing high turnover for the past few years, now is the best time to explore smart retention strategies.

How do you keep your workers so you can have a happier, more productive 2017? Check out the methods outlined below.

Be flexible with your employees. When we think of work flexibility, we associate it with working from home. Flexibility at work also happens when top managers allow staff members to bring their work with them as long as they’re connected to the internet – at the cafe or while on a vacation. People feel empowered to produce better results when they’re given the autonomy to work according to the time and environment in which they’re most productive. Flexibility appeals most to the younger generation workforce – millennials.

Engaging your team. Are your staff members enthusiastic at work? Signs of team engagement include but are not limited to a high employee retention rate, creativity among workers, and team participation at after-work activities. Another noticeable indicator of engagement in your company is lesser complaints about workload. When your employees feel that they play a significant role in your company’s growth, you can always expect better service and profit.

Fulfill your workers’ job expectations. One reason why companies experience high employee turnover is that they lead employees away from their initial job description. Employees expect to work according to what they applied for. When they find out that they are made to keep up with responsibilities that are not in line with their strengths and interests, they lose the drive to perform. Being a truthful employer helps build your credibility and creates positive relationships.

Encourage work-life balance. Is your management honoring work-life balance? Work-life balance is more important to employees than what most people make it out to be. Be sure to detect signs of burnout among your staff as early as possible. Check whether a team member is often irritable, less energized, and frequently complains of headache and body malaise. If the answers to these questions are a yes, you need to do something about your management style. Allow your employees to take a day off and de-stress. As much as possible, avoid bombarding them with new projects.

Organize company outings. Company outings are a great investment because they allow your team members to relax and have fun while improving professional relationships. It’s beneficial to have breaks especially if you work in a corporate environment where everybody’s pressured to deliver daily. Let your staff members have drinks together, share snacks, and have a karaoke night. You can even camp at nature settings to battle overwhelm at work. Employee turnover can result from relationship barriers at work. The American Psychological Association states that friendships established in the workplace can lower people’s stress levels and drive them to stay committed.

Prioritize your employees’ health. If you believe that health is wealth, then you understand how important it is to prioritize your workers’ well-being. Not all companies offer health benefits for their employees which may explain why some people leave to seek better opportunities. If your organization cannot afford to pay for your employees’ health maintenance, at least you can schedule weekly fitness classes, or charity runs so everyone can loosen up and get sweaty. Healthy employees are able to maintain an ideal weight and stay happier at work.

Provide growth opportunities. People are most attracted to jobs they know offer opportunities for personal and professional advancement. Boost your team members’ performance by being a company that values growth. Whether it’s providing a salary raise or promoting a performing individual, you’ll definitely motivate your employees which leads to satisfying business outcomes.

To be successful in running your organization, make sure to put your employees’ welfare first. Never undermine the value of your staff and realize later on that you’ve been wasting resources due to poor management.

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Sheza Gary

Sheza Gary

Sheza Gary has been a Project Strategist since 2009 and also involved in the launching of startups and tech companies in New York for over 5 years. She has keen interest in writing her own experiences about business plans and upcoming business supporting technologies. She loves public speaking.

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